• New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera acknowledges the crowd's standing ovation after coming off the mound in the ninth inning of his final appearance in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, in New York. The Rays defeated the Yankees 4-0.

    Baseball's most acclaimed relief pitcher made an emotional exit in his final appearance at Yankee Stadium.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 27, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT
  • Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig follows through on a solo home run off San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain during the fifth inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013.

    Cuba will allow athletes to sign contracts to compete in foreign leagues, a shift from decades of policy that held professional sports to be anathema to socialist ideals.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 27, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT
  • Tiger Woods tees off the fourth hole during the final round of play in the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club, in Atlanta, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013.

    Tiger Woods was voted PGA Tour player of the year for the 11th time on the strength of his five big wins and return to No. 1 in the world.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 27, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT
  • Texas Rangers' Adrian Beltre (29) is congratulated in the dugout after his solo home run that came off a pitch from Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri (49) in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won 6-2.

    The regular season is going to game No. 163 when the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers on Monday in an all-or-nothing tiebreaker for the second AL wild-card spot.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 30, 2013, 4:13 PM EDT
  • American figure skater Ashley Wagner speaks during a press conference at the USOC 2013 team USA media summit Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Park City, Utah.

    Unlike many American Olympic hopefuls, figure skater Ashley Wagner has no problem expressing her feelings about Russia's new anti-gay law.

    LAST UPDATE : Sep 30, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT
  • PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 19: South African athlete Oscar Pistorius (R) prays with his brother Carl Pistorius and his sister Aimee Pistorius prior to his indictment hearing in Pretoria Magistrates Court on August 19, 2013. Pistorius, 26 is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp which Pistorius denies claiming he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder. The indictment was served and the trial date of March 3, 2014 has now been set.

    Oscar Pistorius' lawyers are working with a team of American forensic specialists to help prepare the double-amputee Olympian's defense.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 01, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT
  • Air Force running back Jon Lee heads out to the field as the Falcons prepare to take on Wyoming at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.

    Army, Navy and Air Force might be forced to skip their football games next weekend because of the budget impasse in Congress.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 01, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT
  • In this Saturday, Sept. 30, 2000 file photo Russia's Viacheslav Ekimov, center, winner of the gold medal in the men's individual time trial, celebrates with Germany's silver medal winner Jan Ullrich, left, and U.S. bronze medal winner Lance Armstrong as they pose on the podium following the cycling road course in Sydney, for the Summer Olympic Games. After months of delays, Lance Armstrong’s Olympic medal is back with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The IOC stripped Armstrong of the bronze medal

    The International Olympic Committee stripped the American rider of the bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games in January after he admitted to doping.

    LAST UPDATE : Oct 02, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT